15 features, shapes and functions that might be coming to wearable tech soon

15 features, shapes and functions that might be coming to wearable tech soon

Tech pundits have dubbed IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator the world’s first smartphone. It was released in 1994 and didn’t gain much traction; It wasn’t until Apple’s first iPhone was released in 2007 that the smartphone began its journey to becoming the indispensable piece of technology most of us never leave home without.

Wearable technology has seen a steady increase in adoption over the past few years, but when most people think of wearables, they only think of smartwatches and fitness trackers. However, with the constant addition of new features and products – from eyewear to headsets to clothing – wearable technology could soon take its place alongside the smartphone as essential everyday technology – maybe even surpass it. Below, 15 members of the Forbes Technology Council discuss some new features, shapes and functions that may soon be available in wearable technology that consumers should know about.

1. Deeper integration with other wearables

One day your watch, clothes, shoes and glasses will all be connected and monitor your health and other activities. It may not be exactly “soon,” but it’s not far away either. Wearables are gaining traction and companies like Apple and Google are paying attention. Also look for integrations with technologies, including augmented and virtual reality systems. – Jordan Yallen, MetaTope

2. Renewable energy sources

I expect we will soon see the mainstream integration of renewable energy sources into wearable technologies, including solar charging, body heat and exercise and so on. The biggest downside of wearable technology is the time we spend charging our devices. Soon this will no longer be the case; We don’t have to plug in our countless devices at night because they charge during the day. – Vikas Khorana, Ntooitive Digital

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3. Ability to top up via user action

Technological advances will allow wearable devices to be powered by users instead of relying on charging cables. This eliminates the constant worry of whether devices are charged or not when tracking workouts or other health metrics. Most importantly, it makes the technology invisible and effortless, giving users the luxury of moving freely, building healthy habits, and keeping a better pulse for their health and goals. – Thomas Serval, Baracoda group

4. Biometric sensors

A new feature coming soon in wearable tech is the integration of biometric sensors. These sensors, which can be embedded in wearable devices like smartwatches or fitness trackers, can collect data on various physiological metrics like heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. – Ivan Novikov, Wallarm Inc.

5. Realistic digital twins

As IoT sensors improve, they will use data to allow us to create increasingly realistic digital twins of various systems, from manufacturing plants to shopping malls. Combine this with the Metaverse and virtual reality headsets and you have a whole new world for users to interact, work, shop and more. – Martin Taylor, content guru

6. Embedded Unnegotiable Tokens

Wearables could soon feature embedded NFTs. Most wearables, including bags, sneakers, shirts, etc., have a built-in NFT feature that helps identify them, verify their authenticity, and create a digital twin that customers can also use in the digital space (eg . in the metaverse). – Nir Kaldero, NEORIS

7. Personalized medical notifications

Today’s wearable technology knows very little about the consumers who wear it. The next generation of wearable technology will have much deeper contextual information about the person, allowing for better feedback and guidance. For example, imagine a fitness watch that uses its knowledge of each wearer’s medical history and medications to provide personalized alerts in dangerous situations. -William Bain, ScaleOut Software, Inc.

8. Brainwave pattern recognition to operate devices

I recently discovered new technology that allows the user to control devices with their mind via a headband. This extraordinary technology uses AI to recognize EEG brainwave patterns and issues commands to things like wheelchairs, allowing severely disabled users to operate the vehicle without physical intervention. – Carlo Brayda, Tortora Brayda Institute

9. Remote patient monitors

Remote patient monitoring is one of the key potential benefits of wearable technology. Patients will have more control over their own lives and health thanks to remote monitoring. It could reduce hospitalizations or expensive therapies for people with long-term illnesses. Wearable technology can really prevent chronic diseases from occurring and monitor them. – Dipesh Ranjan, Cyble, Inc.

10. Tracking Social Interactions

By tracking every human interaction, wearables know the answer to the question, “How do I know this person?” In doing so, wearables identify new spontaneous social networks based on people you cross paths with all the time, but may never know. These networks are based on previously unknown affiliations or shared traits and behaviors that naturally bring people together. – Malcolm Hawker, Pro Lake

11. Location-Based Personalized Recommendations

Smarter and more efficient use of location information will soon find its way into wearable technologies. Wearable technology will use location data beyond route mapping and distance tracking to create proactive, personalized recommendations, from an event or attraction not to be missed to the best place to grab a snack or refuel. This will make wearable technology essential and potentially transform the way we move around the world. – Jeff White, sauce analysis

12. Vital Stats Monitors

Wearables embedded directly into clothing will create new opportunities for healthcare, monitoring everything from liver and kidney functions to sweat to detect electrolyte levels and mobility. This allows doctors to track a patient’s progress as they recover from physical injuries. Combined with other advances in clothing technology, it would allow device manufacturers to change the color of your shirt to red when your electrolytes are low. – Matt Dickson, Stericycle Communications Solutions

13. Gamified Health Monitoring Apps

I expect apps synced with wearable technology will be more fun. For example, if we look at continuous glucose monitoring apps, most of them only offer the bare essentials: charts, glucose level alerts, and sharing. What if we gamified the app, rewarding healthy habits with badges, and adding community-building features like content sharing, quizzes to debunk diabetes myths, or other real-time challenges? – Konstantin Klyagin, Redwerk

14. Gesture Control

One of the new features coming soon with wearable technology is gesture control. This technology uses sensors to detect hand and body movements, allowing users to control the device with simple gestures. This could be used to turn pages, navigate menus and control various functions on the device. This could make carrying and using wearable technology much easier and more intuitive. – Sean Toussi, Glo3D Inc.

15. AR Overlay

I think the exciting new feature that consumers can look forward to in the near future is augmented reality. It involves the overlaying of digital content over the physical world and can be used to create a range of exciting new applications for wearable devices, e.g. B. to improve your training with real-time feedback on your performance and help you find and buy new items in stores and more. – Sandro Shubladze, Dataman

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